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Applied Organizational Behavior and Management I

  • Teacher(s): J.Marewski
  • Course given in: English
  • ECTS Credits: 3 credits
  • Schedule: Autumn Semester 2018-2019, 2.0h. course (weekly average)
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  • Related programme: Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Management



Regardless whether it comes to the management style of a company’s CEO, or the team player skills of the project manager; ultimately, it is people’s behavior that tends to be a major determinant of the successes and failures of organizations. The exciting discipline of Organizational Behavior examines how people behave and perform in organizations. Questions such as what motivates employees to perform outstandingly, how the best employees can be recruited, what are the constituents of successful leadership, and what are the quintessential skills for performing well in different work environments are at the heart of this discipline, to name just a few.

The course will deepen students’ understanding of the major fields of research and knowledge in Organizational Behavior, exposing them to both real world business cases and original research articles.


This course has an applied focus, using real-world business cases to convey practice-relevant analytical and technical skills in core areas of organizational behavior, including managerial decision making, group decision making, motivation, and conflict and negotiation, to name but a few. In covering these and other areas, we will also practice together important soft skills, including presenting in front of a group -- in English -- or negotiating with others. Finally, to help students become thoughtful - and if need be - critical users of materials and data produced by others, we will explore topics such as decision making and management by also critically discussing the findings from research articles. In doing so, we will touch on neighboring disciplines, including evolutionary biology, the computer sciences, and the decision sciences.

Teaching method:

As a complement to lectures and regular in-class discussions, this course employs the case method of teaching. The idea is that course participants acquire knowledge-by-doing. To this end, they take over the role of a decision maker (e.g., a manager) who has to solve real-world business problems (e.g., deciding in what project to invest in). Prior to each session, participants read the cases and try to resolve the associated problem by themselves. During class, the student body as a whole works then out the final (and correct) solution to the case, with the instructor moderating and guiding the student discussion.


References to journal articles will be given in class.

The preparation of business cases is required. References to these business cases will be given during the course.

Advanced literature:
Pointers to additional literature will be provided by the end of the sessions. This literature usually goes beyond the topics discussed in class and does not represent a required reading.


Good English skills are necessary in order to understand the literature.


First attempt

Written 2 hours

The evaluation is based on :

  • Verbal participation in class (1/3 of the grade)
  • student team project (1/3)
  • written exam at the end of the course (1/3)

Except for the grades for the student team project, all grades are assigned as a function of individual performance. The team project is group work, to be verbally presented in class. The grade of the team applies to all the team members.


Written 2 hours

In case of a retake, 2/3 of the grade (participation, student team project) will be retained.

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